LEGO and Nintendo have shared more about that mysterious project they recently teased, and it’s not exactly what many people were guessing it would be. Yes, LEGO and Nintendo are teaming up to make LEGO Super Mario as some fans had previously guessed. However, this project is neither a video game or a LEGO set. It’s actually both…and neither.
It starts with a new Mario figure that LEGO will release. This Mario figure comes equipped with a built-in screen and speakers. The speakers produce the usual Mario sounds and quips that you’d expect from the games, while the screen relays information such as a countdown clock and images of coins.
That’s neat and all, but what’s fascinating is that it looks like you’ll be able to use this Mario figure as the star of your own LEGO Super Mario levels, building your own stages using a series of Mario-themed building blocks that LEGO will release alongside the aforementioned LEGO Mario figure. Think of it as a physical edition of Super Mario Maker.
Some of the blocks showcased in the first LEGO Super Mario trailer include everything from baddies like Bowser Jr. and Piranha Plant to allies like Yoshi. We’re sure that this is only a glimpse of the various blocks that will eventually be available, but the possibilities are certainly fascinating even at this early stage.